Overall the prevalence was highest among blacks and lowest among Asians.
Researchers have found a 90% fall in levels of the human papilloma virus (HPV) in Scottish women since the vaccine was made available in 2008.
There is no treatment for the virus itself - some types of cases resolve on their own after a few years - but there are treatments for health issues that HPV can cause, including genital warts and cervical cancer.
Over the course of a recent two-year period, almost 23 percent of US adults between the ages of 18 and 59 were infected with the type of genital human papillomavirus (HPV) that puts a person at high risk of developing certain cancers, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Some types of HPV can cause genital warts and are considered low risk, with a small chance for causing cancer, the CDC report said. In fact, it's already having an effect, said Geraldine McQuillan, a senior epidemiologist at the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).
To estimate the prevalence of HPV infection among US adults aged 18 to 59, the researchers used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 2011 to 2014.
The virus is thought to account for about 80% of cervical cancers.
'People really need to realize that this is a serious concern'.
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In 2013 and 2014, 45 percent of all men aged up to 60 had some sort of HPV strain and 25 percent had one of the strains that can cause cancer.
The CDC strongly recommends vaccination for people between 11 and 12 years old to create resistance to the virus at the moment of performing any sexual activity or contact.
Some experts believe 70 percent of all head and neck cancers are caused by HPV, likely spread by oral sex.
The survey was conducted by analyzing samples of more than 20,000 women, which makes this study one of the largest ever conducted in Scottland's history regarding the impact of a vaccine. The program is newer for boys, however, and we expect this rate to increase over time.
Of course not everybody with the cancer-causing strain will get cancer, but why spin the roulette wheel when you could just get a vaccine?
There a body of misconceptions and fears that could be producing the stagnation of the vaccination rates among the young says Electra Paskett, a cancer control researcher at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. Some people still think vaccination encourages youth to become promiscuous.
Einstein, who is also assistant dean of the clinical research unit at New Jersey Medical School, has been an investigator on a number of HPV vaccine clinical trials and was on the guidelines writing group for the American Cancer Society and a consultant to the World Health Organization. It's up to doctors to include the vaccine in the usual vaccine schedule, she said.